In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War ...
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In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the UK. The War of The Worlds Live is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale.Written by
thirty years ago Jeff Wayne released a musical version of War of the worlds with Richard Burton doing narration, Justin Hayward, David Essex and others singing. It floored me from the midnight on July 4th airing I heard it on the old WNBC radio. I went out and bought it the next day at the local record shop. Its been a part of my consciousness ever since then. I always hoped for a film or stage production (I did see a laser show version) but never expected this.
Clicking through pay per view tonight I saw War of the Worlds Live.Curious as to what it was I played the preview and found apparently Jeff Wayne made a concert version and toured the UK with it. An orchestra and rock band played in front of a screen which ran projections, the art from the liner notes and other visuals. They also had a giant head of Richard Burton that acted as narrator.
Wow. And wow. This was probably the only way it could ever be performed and it works wonderfully. The visuals are pretty much what you expect and the performances (including Justin Hayward) are close to the original, but not so close as to make you think lip sync. I was floored and I sat there watching with rapt attention despite not being able to hold a conversation earlier in the evening. Amazing truly amazing. Its so good I may have to buy the DVD-which apparently isn't available in the US despite being on pay per view.
All I can add is if you know and like the album see this if you get the chance, it actually does the album justice.
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